A number of factors may increase your risk of pelvic inflammatory disease, including:

  • Being a sexually active woman younger than 25 years old
  • Having multiple sexual partners
  • Being in a sexual relationship with a person who has more than one sex partner
  • Having unprotected sex
  • Having had an IUD inserted recently
  • Douching regularly, which upsets the balance of good versus harmful bacteria in the vagina and may mask symptoms that might otherwise cause you to seek early treatment
  • Having a history of pelvic inflammatory disease or any sexually transmitted infection
May. 24, 2011